Youthtown is excited to be involved in the Youth Employability Programme.

The purpose of the programme is to make it possible for all 14-24-year-olds to gain the insight, confidence and skills to get work, keep work and create careers.

We love supporting young people and help them gain employability skills. Our mission is to see all young people in New Zealand employable.

What is the Youth Employability Programme?

The Youth Employability Programme (YEP) helps 14 - 24 year-olds to gain the insight, confidence and skills to get work, keep work and create careers. 

Building on the seven key employability skills that employers say they want. 

  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Communication
  • Thinking skills
  • Teamwork
  • Resilience
  • Self-management

Everyone has different needs and skills to be developed. That is why YEP can be customised for each young person.

The generic programme includes:

  • 18 - 20 hours of skill-building workshops
  • 10 - 20 hours of community service
  • 80 hours of work experience with a local business
  • Skills based assessment

Young people will graduate with a 'Licence to Work' certificate. This shows employers that they are work-ready.

How we achieve this.

  • Building customised programmes and resources to help build employability skills in young people.
  • Supporting providers to deliver quality programmes.
  • Training facilitators for the YEP so we can help more young people become work ready.
  • Encouraging the business community to support youth employability through providing work experience opportunities and jobs.
  • We provide an online assessment recording tool.

Rachel Wynn - Partnership Lead, YEP.

"Kia Ora! My name is Rachel, my background is in secondary education and programme development in the Youth sector. I've been part of the Youthtown whanau for 7 years, working with the programmes team in creating, delivering and managing a variety of our programmes across Auckland. 
I'm really excited to be part of the YEP team and connecting schools, stakeholders and wider communities with resources, training opportunities and facilitation support for the rangatahi on the programme."

Contact details: or phone +64 27 831 0175

Gill Higgins

"I have been involved with Yep since 2017 as a Facilitator, Coordinator and now Programme Lead (Tairāwhiti) of the Youth Employability Programme/Licence to Work. In my role I am fortunate to work with an inspiring group of programme facilitators who develop strong connections with the youth they work alongside. Through the programme we share the desire to support our rangatahi to get work, keep work and create careers."

Contact Details: email: or phone +64 27 467 8870


'Youthtown is delighted to be part of the Youth Employability Programme (YEP): Licence to Work scheme. In 2021 we took on the responsibility for the programme in Auckland and Christchurch, and next year will take over as the national agency. The Licence to Work enables young people to develop seven employability skills that employers feel are essential to make a successful start in the workforce and establish a career. 

Bringing our own flavour to YEP in Christchurch, we've just kicked off a programme in partnership with the RAMs Basketball team, combining employability skills training with basketball. This is an innovative way to help young people find their potential and gain some new skills, whilst shooting a few hoops and having fun.'

If you would like to get in contact about YEP please email Rachel Wynn,